ASA Blog

Slowly but Surely?

Slowly but surely many of us are returning to our normal work commute. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case that everyone is travelling slowly enough, and it is never guaranteed that we will reach our destination safely. I have a 10-minute commute most days. Within the first week of returning to my daily commute, and […]

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New Norms of the North (Slope)

On the North Slope, we were already used to doing things a little differently before COVID came along. Safer, smarter, and more sanitary was our norm. Even still, we’ve stepped it up for COVID. Dining halls now quiet enough that you rely on your nose to tell you that lunch is being served. The normal […]

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5 Ways Augmented Reality Can Improve Safety on Construction Sites

Our world is changing, and in many ways, for the better. One currently popular use of tech is creating augmented reality, AR for short. But what is AR and how exactly can it help improve worksite safety? What is Augmented Reality?VR, or virtual reality, creates a totally immersive surrounding generated by a computer. Augmented reality, […]

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New CBTs 2018 ASH Update and NSTC Unescorted Hybrid Course Now Available Through the ASA Online Portal!

Self-isolation. Quarantine. Hunkering Down – Whatever you call it, this “new normal” is requiring significant modifications to everyday life. As we continue to adapt daily business practices to address COVID-19 precautions, and adjust face-to-face meetings to online interactions, the ASA team has been working to create training solutions to meet the continued demands of Alaska’s […]

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More Coffee Won’t Solve This

The “new norm” for most seems to be working varied hours and more of them. For many I know, a not so obvious impact of this change, has been fatigue. Fatigue is something that affects everyone at some point. If you battle fatigue with anything but rest and sleep, eventually you will lose. More than […]

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Remote Proctoring for NCCER Craft Instruction

Due to school closures and social distancing, NCCER has been working behind the scenes to launch Remote Proctoring via the training portal. Remote Proctoring for module exams is a way to keep training moving forward during this time of COVID-19 and social distancing practices. While delivering classroom training through distance delivery, certified instructors are only […]

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Internet Fraud: The Danger of Not Knowing

With more businesses focusing on online services and people spending a greater amount of time online in general, this may be a good time to go over the various pitfalls that can trap the unwary on the internet. There has been an increase in the number of people using online conferencing services and running into […]

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Spring Clean Your Resume

Resume Cleaning Spring is a time for new beginnings and for many people that usually involves cleaning out the dust and junk that has accumulated over winter. Why not take that same spring cleaning attitude and apply it to other things? If you are looking for a job, now is a great time to review […]

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Thank You

Many of us are lucky enough to work from home during this time of COVID-19. Although many of us do feel lucky, I use the word lucky loosely thinking of co-worker’s who have multiple family members at home with them. Many of them being sticky and short and wanting more attention than typically demanded, but […]

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A Look at What NCCER has to Offer

The National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) is a 501(c)3 non-profit education foundation whose mission is “to build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals.” Operator Qualifications (OQ) are regulated by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Adopted by federal regulations, 49 CFR Part […]

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